Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Happy Birthday friend! I really hope it is a perfect day and your dreams and wishes come true!!!

♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday, dear  CHRISTIANE  ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Congratulations to everyone!

"Nostalgia" watercolor 37" x 24" by Carrie Waller
Congratulations to everyone that made it into Splash:)  How cool that so many of us made the cut.  I'm sharing my painting that made it in and would love to see the everyone else's.
"Retro Pop" watercolor 11" x 12" by Carrie Waller

I thought I would also share my newest painting "Retro Pop".  I'm in love with these colors and can't wait to do more in this series.  I also did a work in progress video with this one.

Other than that we are preparing for our move.  It's getting dangerously close to time and there are just not enough hours in the days or days in the month.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Congratulations are in Order!!!     Take a look and you will find 7, yes SEVEN Artcolony girls will be in the new Splash 16!!!  Here is the list!!! See if you can find them!!! I think I counted right!!! I am headed to bed and if I am wrong I will correct it in the morning for sure! NOW HOW FUN IS THIS!!!

Japan Watercolor Society Exhibition

The Watercolor Society of Japan Exhibition closed yesterday. The Exhibition was a success! So many people came to see in this show. I'm so honored to participate in this exhibition. Yokohama port is also a tourist spot so in the last weekend, an Indian Culture festival crowded the Yokohama port. I appreciate the members that cooperated to make this Exhibition happen so much; I wasn't fortunate enough to travel to Japan to help out so I feel truly blessed. I feel that this exhibition gave my mother joy, and my father's situation is recovering from last December.
They have a travel show to Fukuoka Museum in May 27th through June 1st.

Photo©Masato Watanabe

 The left of my paintings by Keiko Tanabe. 

Photo©Masato Watanabe

My works

Photo©Masato Watanabe

My corner

Photo©Akiko Tokuda

Photo©Akiko Tokuda

I made a movie of my works. I've included works that were displayed in this show.


Sorry its been so long since I posted. Life has a habit of getting in the way sometimes. I am gradually getting back into a routine. I will try to post and comment more often again now but for all the beautiful pictures below... I have been looking now and again and wanted to say that all your work is so beautiful.

Over the last few weeks I have been working on a big commission for the town where I live and I am now working on a new Ted painting which is being created to help raise money for the Sunshine foundation of Canada. I have also created a short video (just over 2 mins) to help promote portrait commissions (people and animals) ...yes i've been busy but a busy mind is a good one as it helps to take my mind off everything else going on :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kaaren's Birthday

I want to send out a special Happy Birthday to Kaaren. She has not been here maybe in a year but I still wanted to wish her a Happy Birthday and many wonderful paintings in the coming year!

WIP Kaleidoscope Gas Cans

Gas cans?? That is the question I have been getting. Why not gas cans? I saw these at John's ranch in Wyoming and I was drawn to the shapes and colors. I especially liked the old weathered look that they were wearing. I have had fun with this because I am using crayon and Prismacolor pencil over the watercolor base. There is a lot of texture and splatters. The hardest part is done and the rest of this painting will be a breeze. It measures 17.25"x23.50". It will be framed in a 24x30 frame. I am using some artistic license here. I am going to carry a bit of the green over to the right side to balance the color. This might differ from the photo because it is all free hand. I am painting it for my Art-A-Fair show. Please be sure to take a look at the new posts below mine.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Getting There

Hey, I just wanted all the ladies to know that I AM painting and I don't want to get yelled at by Janie ;)  I brought 3 paintings to VA to work on while I'm here and this one seems to be getting the most attention but, I'm going to set her aside for a bit and do some work on the other two.  Unfortunately, the big one I brought of Valentines' candy I can only find one reference photo and I can't find the image on any of my "devices" (and I have many) or in the "cloud".  It's on my desktop at home...sigh.  But I can at least some color down on the paper for the various candies.  The other one is a small commission of the cutest little Corgi pup you ever saw!  I've discovered the 'internets' down in this neck of the woods are extremely sloooooooooow.  It takes longer to upload a pic than it does for me to paint it.....well, maybe not THAT long ;)

Saguaro Hotel Palm Springs using "Just Glorious" for new brochure

After my show at the hotel in December sponsored by the Palm Springs Art Museum, the hotel asked if they could use my painting for their new brochure. Well, Yes!  My name and website are listed on the inside.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I know it isn't peach season, but when I was going through my photos I was drawn to the fuzzy look and had fun doing it.

Waiting for summer

Just want to test if I can post.


The local Studio Tour is happening in June and I need lots of small paintings to have on hand.  The magnolia trees are really in full bloom right now so I had to try and capture them. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Speaking of Koi...

15x22 watercolor painted earlier in a negative manner with no predrawing, just splashing paint on and seeing koi fish shapes, then developing them. This painting is featured in Ponds & Water Gardens Volume 18, 2015 annual edition magazine I just got today. The editor did an article on koi art and included mine and Laurie Justus Pace's work among others.  It's a beautiful issue and now I want a koi pond! This image is SOLD.

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Well DC didn't provide any cherry blossoms for me so I had to paint koi instead. Believe it or not...I'm doing this for a demo next Thursday. I can't have things too simple ya know! LOL! I'll just paint bits and pieces of it of course. I'm already sick of it so don't see how I can paint this again! It's 16 x 20" I think I'll go back to birds now...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Palm Breezes

Finally finding a moment to post on this blog! Here's a 30x10 watercolor of the very top side of a Florida palm tree completed today.  I was going thru all my tree, Florida, Bermuda, and Nassau photos, and selected one to do a detail of instead of the entire trunk and all those fronds.  Since Mollie and I are going to be in Indian Rocks Beach in August this one got me into the tropical mood.  It was a chilly day here and a sandstorm yesterday, so why not dream of the beach and its charms?!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Blowing in the Wind

A looser interpretation of daffodils for me..I wanted to have the feeling of motion and not too realistic.